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Dortmund put six past Cologne to top Bundesliga

March 19, 2023

BERLIN: Sebastien Haller and Marco Reus both scored twice as Borussia Dortmund thrashed Cologne 6-1 on Saturday, sending the home side top of the Bundesliga ahead of Bayern Munich.

Donyell Malen and Raphael Guerreiro also got on the scoresheet as Dortmund moved a point clear of Bayern, who visit Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday.

Dortmund stormed into a four-goal lead in the first half through Guerreiro, Haller, Reus and Malen before Davie Selke pulled one back before the break, Cologne´s first goal in five matches.

Haller, who has faced criticism for a lack of goals as he continues his return from testicular cancer, latched on to a rebound after 69 minutes to chalk up his first double for Dortmund.

Reus added another just a minute later to seal a thumping win for a Dortmund side missing several first-team players.

The victory was a return to form for Dortmund who suffered Champions League elimination at Chelsea and stumbled to a draw with derby rivals Schalke after starting the year with 10 straight wins.

Dortmund play their next fixture against Bayern after the international break on April 1.

Cologne are now winless in five and sit 13th, just six points clear of the relegation play-off spot.

Earlier on Saturday, a second-half goal from Erhan Masovic took Bochum to a surprise 1-0 home win over RB Leipzig, dealing the visitors a blow in their top-four battle.

Looking to rebound after Tuesday´s 7-0 thrashing at the hands of Manchester City in the Champions League, Leipzig appeared listless in transition and toothless up front.

Bochum took the lead three minutes into the second half when Masovic latched onto a loose ball in the penalty area and headed past Leipzig goalkeeper Janis Blaswich.

Leipzig midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai had a late chance to equalise but his shot hit the inside of the post and rebounded into the arms of Bochum ´keeper Manuel Riemann.

Bochum coach Thomas Letsch credited the "outstanding" Riemann for helping his side hold on in a "wild last 10 minutes".

Leipzig boss Marco Rose called the defeat "disappointing" and lamented his team´s "failure to take (their) big chances". Bochum´s second win in a row pushed them four points clear of the relegation playoff spot.